Spring term 2 has been a busy time for the pupils in Class 1. We started our new History topic of Homes from the past with a visit to the Church Cottage Museum at Broughton. It was a hands on visit where pupils had the opportunity to experience living in a Tudor home. Pupils spent some time in the laundry room using the wash board, dolly tub, carbolic soap and mangle to clean and dry the washing. They also toasted bread on the open fire and learnt about cooking in times gone by.
Our visit then linked onto the Great Fire of London. We created a class sized model of Pudding Lane by painting cardboard boxes in the style of tudor buildings. Pupils made their own bread like Thomas Farriner the Baker by following instructions in Literacy and then ate their delicious baking! We created collages of the River Thames to show the boats escaping from the fire using hot and cold colour materials. And finally pupils wrote a newspaper article to report on the Great Fire of London.
In RE our topic was ‘Friendship’. Pupils thought carefully about the qualities that a good friend needed to have. They related these qualities to their own friends and wrote about the friends they have in school and at home. Pupils focussed specifically on the story of Ruth and Naomi from the bible to link their learning to Christian values. This in turn led onto the The Last Supper and our links to the Easter story.
We prepared for Easter in many different ways in class from making cards, having an Easter bonnet competition and a bunny drive. But the highlight of the Easter celebrations was our visit to the Methodist church in Garstang where pupils undertook a trail of the Easter story. This was a very meaningful experience and allowed pupils the opportunity to see the story in action.
Pupils prepared for Mothering Sunday by writing special poems about their mums. They created cards and recorded a beautiful song with Mrs Gaughan which was played at church during the Mothering Sunday service. Pupils who attended the service also stood up and read out their poems confidently and beautifully.
During swimming sessions we focussed on building up our stamina, strengthening our strokes and swimming our fastest. We undertook time trials in preparation for the swimming gala and took part in the gala itself which was great fun! Coming 2nd was a fantastic achievement. We also swam in our pyjamas during water safety sessions so that we could experience what it is like to be in the water fully clothed. It was tricky to swim like this but a very valuable experience.
On top of our usual curriculum activities we also took part in World Book Day. Our day was themed as We’re going on a Bear Hunt and pupils were allowed to come to school dressed as an explorer or a bear. They participated in many activities including baking bear cookies, writing adventure stories, den reading and much more!
We had a visit from Cath Greenlees from Fairtrade who worked in class with us and taught us about Fairtrade products and where they come from. She also led a whole school assemble for us and even set up a Fairdrade shop at the end of the school day so that we could purchase some Fairtrade products!
Pupils are very much looking forward to seeing what the first half of the Summer term has in store for them!